“The victim told police that he believed the boys were playing the ‘knockout game,'” members.jacksonville.com reports. “He said he was approached on the beach by one of the boys who asked him if he had a ‘Glock.’ The man was punched after admitting that he was unarmed.” What does that tell all those anti-gunners who counsel people not to carry a gun for self-defense, and advise crime victims to cooperate with and capitulate to their attackers? Not a damn thing. They’d say a gun – in either person’s hand – would have escalated the situation. Yes, well, setting aside the otherwise inescapable fact that a single punch to the head can be fatal, how about this . . .
Fearing that the boy would continue to hit him until he was unconscious, the man grabbed at a folding knife that he had tucked into his waistband and pretended to have a gun. The boys fled, and the man enlisted the help of his neighbor to search for the boys.
So having a pretend gun stopped a brutal attack. Just like having a real gun would have. In fact, it’s not a great leap to think that an affirmative answer to the initial question may have stopped the attack as well.
Of course, there’s no way of knowing what would have happened if either or both sides of this horrifying encounter had been GLOCKed-up. And I never met an anti yet who couldn’t spin common sense self-defense into a case against common sense self-defense.
But it is interesting to note that a violent punk made Gaston Glock’s handiwork a topic of pre-attack conversation. Just as it’s good to know the police captured the perps. I bet the victim will carry a gun from now on. I mean, who wouldn’t?